The Midnight Fox

The Midnight Fox

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by Betsy Byars

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Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.  See more details below


Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This book holds one of my favorite characters, city bred Tom, who is doomed to spend the summer on his uncle's farm when his parents decide to take a long bicycle trip. Tom doesn't like animals, and they don't like him. But through quiet afternoons spent exploring the forest and fields, Tom becomes more aware of, and finally more comfortable, with the power and beauty of the natural world, and in the end acts to save a part of that world.

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Tandem Library Books
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself intomy books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Midnight Fox 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Great i used it for my school report.I think if others hear about it they might read it also.I love the outdoors and animals.I can see myself doing the same things Tom did in helping the black fox and her baby from being hurt.But i would also like to of kept the baby fox.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A bored school kid in the holidays. A farm. A fox. These are the ingredients for this wonderful story which I was unable to put down. Relationships are a key theme: Tom and Petie's friendship was not only very realistically portrayed, but also very amusing. Furthermore, the descriptions of both the fox and her environment are quite beautiful. A must for all Year Six pupils!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Midnight Fox is a great book. First in the book Tom has to leave his parents and tv for a summer. One day Tom sees a fox. He called it Midnight Fox because the Fox was dark black. I liked the book because it was very suspenseful and because Tom was a very creative boy. I also liked the book because Tom has no fear. Lastly, I thought Tom was very caring towards the Fox. I would give this book 5 stars because I connected with the character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wonderful book. I read it in fourth grade and again in 6th. I am finishing 9th grade this year and remember the days when I couldn't put this one down. I would read and wish I was having a summer like Tom's. I only wanted to get to know him and live like that for a little while. It took me in and when I was done, left a huge imprint on my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book Betsy Byers has come out with yet! So origional!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My opinion of this book is that it has great detail and always leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter. I think that in this book lots of people can relate to Tom, the main character. I think that this book also taught me a very valuable lesson. That lesson was that no matter how bad you think that things may get, always look on the bright side. Sometimes, you may even love the thing you once hated. There are only two things that I would generally change about this book. First, I would like this book to be longer. The second thing is that I would like for there to be a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was really, really funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Midnight Fox was such a great book. My favorite part was when Tommy saw the Midinght Fox. The author put such desciptive words in this book. I recommend this to other people.